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The mission of the Salisbury University Libraries’ Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture is to cultivate and sustain the advancement of scholarly research through collecting, preserving, and providing access to records and artifacts that illustrate the rich historical and cultural heritage of the greater Chesapeake region. It was founded in 1982 and includes the Local History Archives, University Archives, and Special Collections, among other book and microfilm collecti...



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The Howard and Marvin E. Cox Ledger and Journal are two separate entries that contain information about the residents of the town of Nanticoke in Wicomico County, Maryland. Recorded are marriages and deaths within the community, with modern additions from Marvin Cox concerning the oyster and construction businesses in Nanticoke and the meeting minutes of the Willing Workers in the 1930s. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.058
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Construction, Business, Marriage, Nanticoke,...
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by Jeanne Severance
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This transcription consists of letters from Jeanne Severance, a Red Cross volunteer, to Martha and Constance Greene. Severance worked with the Red Cross in France, India, China, Myanmar, and Mexico from 1945-1946, documenting local life and customs. Due to World War II, several of Severance's letters were censored by the U.S. Army. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=1294
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, World War II, China, India, Mexico, France,...
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This is the ledger of Marcellus Jones, a Whitehaven, Somerset County merchant. The ledger records the list of customers Jones served and their credits, debits, and goods transferred, and information about Jones and his family. Finding aid link:  http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2001.010
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Marcellus Jones, Business,...
This sharecropping contract comes from De Soto County, Mississippi. In the contract, a former slave named Danial Elias is deeded land and tools by a white landowner, W.J. Johnson. Since the freedman was illiterate, his name was marked on the contract with an 'X'. A digital copy of the original contract is included.
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by Elijah T.P. Gibbons
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The letters of Elijah T.P. Gibbons document the lives of several of his family members during the Civil War. Gibbons had a cousin, Alexander King who served in the Union Army, and other letters document the thoughts of friends and family on the Civil War, the draft, debts, and bond statements. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1990.028
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Kentucky, Tennessee, Military
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Bill Cummings on March 2, 1999. Bill Cummings is an artist in Tilghman Island, MD. In the interview, he describes how he became an artist and the methods he employed to create his sketches and paintings--mostly of waterman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland-- noting how some of his art has been sold and hangs in Higgin's Crab House in St. Michael's, MD. A lot of the interview is Bill describing the various pictures he made and the motivations...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, Art, Tilghman Island (md.), Watermen, Water working
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William F. Robinson was a bootmaker from the Delmarva Peninsula during the mid-nineteenth century. Operating from Dorchester County, Maryland (1847-1854) before relocating to Sussex County, Delaware (1868-1872), these ledgers document Robinson's business transactions and customers. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2015.029
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This ledger contains the church record of the Madison Circuit of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was an African American church in Dorchester County Maryland that included Malone Church. Included are baptisms from 1883 to 1893 and marriages from 1883 to 1894. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2003.003
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Religion, Churches, Dorchester County,...
This transcription contains the records of the African American church, Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, in Fruitland, Maryland, and the records of Friendship and Flower Hill churches in Eden and Allen, Maryland. Included are marriages and baptisms from 1889-1917. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.061
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by Fred Arnolt
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The Fred Arnolt Letters were written by Fred Arnolt, who worked in the United States Merchant Marine, and during World War II served as a member of the "Seabees" or Navy Construction Battalion. Most of the letters document his travels, although several were censored by the U.S. military. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2014.049
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Iran, Philippines, World War II, U.S. Navy
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by Isaac Handy
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Isaac Handy's diary records his time as a servant in the Philadelphia home of Mrs. Frank Haseltine. Handy, an African American man who was a native of Wicomico County, Maryland, recorded events in and around the home as well as national events such as the election of Grover Cleveland. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2015.125
Topics: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Domestic life,...
Written by William Benson of Boonville, Missouri and spirits that allegedly visited him in 1852, this journal documents the supernatural occurrences observed by Benson and friends. Documented are his methods of communicating with spirits, acts of levitation, and visits from family and friends.  Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2013.010
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G.S. Fisher was a woman who traveled by train from Braintree, Massachusetts, to Camp Gordon in Augusta, Georgia in 1942 to visit her son who was stationed there. During her trip she documents many aspects of both wartime and southern life. Photographs, presumably taken by Fisher, are pasted throughout the diary as are souvenir pictures. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2013.037
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by Frank Dunbaugh
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Frank Dunbaugh Jr. was a major in the US Army during World War II (he also served as a private in World War I). This diary transcription details his time as the military governor of Hersbruck, Germany, and how his unit identified former Nazi party members, the interrogations of SS officers, rioting in a Polish refugee camp, and meeting the survivors of concentration and labor camps.  Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2016.078
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The L.J. Wilson Ledger belonged to L.J. Wilson, who recorded the debits and credits of his customers in and around the town of Princess Anne, Maryland for his  general store. According to available census records, Wilson's store was in operation from 1880 to roughly 1910, and he had effectively retired from the business by 1920. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2006.313
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This transcript is a small part of a larger collection documenting the activities of Red Cross volunteers from Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. The Red Cross Home Service provided disaster relief, home care, and medical services during peace time as well as during the World Wars. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2016.095
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Thomas Fernon was a Pennsylvania Senator, author, editor, and later president of several railroad companies. This journal contains Fernon's poetry written between 1845 and 1855. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2013.054
Topics: Salisbury university, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Poetry, Pennsylvania, Railroads, Government
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by Henry Siddel
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Part of the Freedom Ainsworth Collection, the Brigg Peggy ledger concerns the finances of the trading ship Brig Peggy , including the expenses of building and outfitting the ship, cargo carried, and the commanding officer's notes, as it traded between the Wicomico River and the Caribbean. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1999.008
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by Barrett Family
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The Millwood Plantation Journal was used as a business ledger and journal by the Barrett family of Old Long Field, Maryland (now Forestville). The journal was intended to act as a guide for plantation owners, detailing the treatment of slaves, various tables and graphs, and other methods to describe how to run a successful plantation. Daily entries follow, where the authors discuss day to day operation of the plantation and comment on the American Civil War from 1863-1864. Finding Aid portal...
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Slavery, American Civil War, Plantations
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by Henry B. Mathiot
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This transcription is the journal of Henry B. Mathiot, a physician in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The journal contains Mathiot's recipes, his list of patients, and recordings of births. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2016.012
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Medicine, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
This transcription consists of the records of St. Peter's Methodist Church in Hopewell, Maryland from 1857 to 1969. Although this transcript only covers baptisms and marriages, the full collection contains finances and memberships. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2000.013
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Church Records
The Bethlehem Methodist Church Records document the membership and activities of the Dorchester County church, as well as Taylor's Island's Methodist congregation before the official church's establishment in 1858. Included are baptisms and marriages from 1885 to 1977. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2001.004
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by Walter Gustafson
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The Walter Gustafson Letters document Walter Gustafson's trip from England to Cairo, Egypt before journeying on to Iran in 1943 and 1944. Much of Gustafson's letters are self-censored, although he did get the opportunity to visit the Pyramids and had his picture taken on the banks of the Tigris River. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2013.079
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by Miss Halsey
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Miss Halsey was an American woman who joined the French Wounded Emergency Fund, a relief organization created by the British. Miss Halsey's duties involved driving Mrs. Edith May, the leader of the Fund, and delivering supplies to non-Red Cross Hospitals. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2016.129b
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, France, World War I, Russian Revolution
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by Ruth Stull
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These letters were written by Ruth Stull to her family from her mission trips in Peru and Ecuador, and her encounters with uncontacted tribes and regional conflicts, between 1925 and 1933. Stull would turn her experiences into a book, Stars and Sand , in 1951. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2017.045
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by Jeremiah Fox Yates
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Written in 1852 by Reverend Jeremiah Fox Yates, the diary details his sermons, readings, spirituality, and life in Chittenden County, Vermont. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2016.109
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Vermont, Spirituality, Christianity
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This transcription was written originally by Caleb C. Cooper, who was asked to write what he remembered his ancestors and family history in 1961. Cooper's family history starts in 1806 with the birth Elijah Cooper, an Englishman, and ends with him reminiscing about his own life. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2007.110
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, James River, Family History
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by Henrietta Horner Wyeth
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This diary belonged to Henrietta Wyeth, and begins in 1861 with her recovering from an eye illness, and her observations during the Civil War. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2013.093
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Virginia, Medicine
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by Clara Gunby
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The Journal of Clara Gunby is part of a larger collection of papers pertaining to the Gunby Family. Clara Gunby started her journal in 1853, and was a Southern sympathizer during the Civil War - ultimately leading to her arrest for defiance and disrespect of Union soldiers. After the war, Clara Gunby married and moved to Allen, Maryland. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1995.012
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Fortress Monroe, Allen, Maryland
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by Edgar Noble
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Edgar Noble fought for the Union Army in the Civil War, and this diary concerns his actions from January to July of 1863 including his participation in the Battle of Antietam. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2007.053
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Civil War, Antietam, Falmouth, Virginia
Part of the Humphreys Family Collection, this book belonged to Josephine Humphreys and records several family recipes.  Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.048
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Recipes, Salisbury, Maryland, 19th Century
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by Jennie Myers
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This diary documents of the life of Jennie Myers, a widow living in Leaf River, Illinois from 1937 to 1940. Myers documents her ongoing digitalis therapy, referred to in her entries as "dig"; as well as visits from her daughters and life in the village. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2013.111
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The Brattan-Taylor ledgers are ledgers from a store located in Mardela Springs (then called Barren Creek), Maryland. The ledger is archived on microfilm at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1985.023
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Mardela Spings, Maryland, Business, Ledger
The first half of this transcription contains the minutes and details of the N. N. Club in 1865 in Indiana, with the second half containing the diary of an unknown person in 1875, documenting their daily life and the 1875 World Fair in Cincinnati, Ohio. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2016.122
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, World's Fair
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Stevon Sample in Exmore, VA. In this interview, he describes his introduction to graphic design and the various work's he's done. He describes how he began drawing and his inspiration for drawing, noting some symbols and visions that have inspired some of his work. He speaks about his comics, the materials and mediums he uses, and the meanings he hopes to put behind them, trying to reach the youth and covey feelings from experiences that they...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, Exmore (va.), art, religion, African American Oral History
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by Helen Binde
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Helen Binde's diaries document the life of Helen Binde, a young nurse from New Jersey in 1928. Binde records her daily life and her diary contains numerous newspaper clippings of famous aviators (most notably Charles Lindbergh) and the photograph she sent as part of an actress application to a motion picture company. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2013.032
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by A.B. Chamberlain
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The crop ledger of A.B. Chamberlain documents the crops planted, sold, and processed by A.B. Chamberlain, a farmer in the early 20th century, from 1903 to 1906. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2012.048
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Canning industry, Maryland, Farming,...
The  Lieutenant   A llan  Morton Thomas  Jr.   Letters   consists of letters  and personal correspondence  from  Lieutenant  Allan Morton Thomas   Jr. , USNR.  to his wife Georgia E. Thomas   f rom 1942 to 1945.   Thomas Jr.  was a   Lieutenant on  LCI(L) - 225  in  the  U.S.  Navy during World War II.   Thomas Jr. wrote  about his life aboard the ship in the  censored locations of the  Pacific Theater . Several letters have missing pages  and some lines are censored...
Topics: World War II, Personal Correspondence, United States Navy
These reports, recorded by the Secretary of the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, document the organization's efforts to involve working women in their activities. Members visited local factories in order to distribute the organization's newsletters and invitations to Y.W.C.A. sponsored events. The reports include the names and dates of the factories visited, titles of talks given, number in attendance, and general remarks about the women and their...
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by Anna Phillips
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Anna Phillips hailed from Boston, Massachusetts, and this transcript is her travel diary during her trip to Europe from May to October 1850. During her travels she was able to see the Duke of Wellington and did a considerable amount of sightseeing in the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2013.089b
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This ledger transcription concerns the activities of Sarah M. Tarr, a bonnet maker in the 19th century. The ledger contains descriptions of work done, the name of the clients, dates, credits, and debits from 1842 to 1850. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/2014.125
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Worcester County, Maryland, Fashion, Women,...
This ledger documents the meetings and finances of an African-American neighborhood association in Birmingham, Alabama from 1970 to 1972. The association was created by the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2014.009
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Birmingham, Alabama, Civil Rights, Ledgers
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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On July 12, 2005, Randall Parker was interviewed by Charles and Karen Smith in connection with the Teaching American History program. In the interview, he discusses his experiences growing up near San Domingo and attending segregated schools, as well as serving in a segregated army unit in the Second World War. This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid: ...
Topics: San Domingo, Maryland, World War 2, segregation
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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On July 15, 2004, Anna L. Lee was interviewed by Penny Grande at Parkside High School in connection with the Teaching American History program. Lee worked as a teacher for 22 years at Bennett Middle School and Wicomico Middle School, serving for 15 years as an administrator. She details her childhood as an African American child in segregated Fruitland and Salisbury, including her experiences of Wicomico County's segregated schools and her decision to go into education. This interview is part...
Topics: Salisbury, Maryland, segregation, Wicomico County Education
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by Eastern Shore Whig and People's Advocate
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The Eastern Shore Whig and People's Advocate was a newspaper published in Easton, Maryland from 1831 to 1840. The People's Advocate was a local mouthpiece for the Whig Party, a 19th century conservative political party opposed to policies of Andrew Jackson. The Whigs drew membership from and maintained links to older parties - most notably the National Republican Party, Anti-Masonic Party, the Federalist Party, and some Democrats. The People's Advocate broadcasted local, regional, national, and...
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The Cory Family Letters were written by Abbey, John, and Isaac Cory between 1852 and 1859 from Stockton, California to family living in Tiverton, Rhode Island. Documented is the family's journey via steamship to Panama, the overland journey through Panama, and their arrival in San Francisco.  Finding Aid Link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2017.003b
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by Elaine Zold
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Elaine Zold was a dancer and USO performer from Chicago, Illinois who kept several diaries documenting her life, performances, and other activities. While most of Zold's entries concern the United States, she also performed in Italy in 1945.  Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2016.042
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, USO, World War II, Chicago, Illinois
This travel diary belonged to an unknown woman who visited New York City in 1844. Although unused to traveling, she stayed in New York for several days and attended Jewish services, although she was not Jewish herself. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2015.056
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, New York City, Religion, 1844, Travel Diaries
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by Myra Poole
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Myra Poole was from the Bedford, New Hampshire area, although the diary documents her time spent in Herington, Kansas. Among the entries are her experiences with a tornado and family information. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2013.027
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by Pavlick Tschepotkin, Elvira Christophornia, N. Nichols
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Pavlick Tschepotkin and Elvira Christophornia were White Russian refugees from the city of Arkhangelsk. Tschepotkin, the author of the first half of the letters, served in the White Russian North West Army before fleeing to Estonia and Latvia where he worked odd jobs, received handouts from other White Russian emigres, and participated in black marketeering. While stowing away on the steamship King Alexander  he was detained on Ellis Island, and deported to France. Elvira 'Ira' Christophorina...
Topics: Pavlick Tschepotkin, Soviet Union, Riga, Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center
This travel diary was written by an unknown widow traveling from Litchfield, Connecticut to Salem, Massachusetts. In 1834, she made a longer trip from Cooperstown, New York to Columbus, Ohio by stagecoach and the Buffalo-Cleveland steamboat Michigan.   Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2017.058
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Belonging to M.J. Harrison, this travel diary documents his journey to Boulogne-sur-Mer beginning on August 10, 1854 and following Prince Albert of England and Emperor Napoleon III of France in Boulogne-sur-Mer and making numerous observations and sketches about hte local culture. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2013.099
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by Etrope Joseph Yacks
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This scrapbook consists of items collected by Etrope Joseph Yacks, a private in the American Expeditionary Forces from 1917-1919.  Yacks, hailing from Bay City, Michigan, collected during his service in France. Pictures include bombed soldiers, pictures of Paris ad the surrounding areas alongside tickets, programs, and newspaper clippings. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2017.029
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, World War I, France, Michigan, Paris
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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On July 12, 2005, Newell Quinton was interviewed by Jan Robinson in connection with the Teaching American History program. Quinton talks about his education in the segregated San Domingo school for African American children and, later, at Salisbury High School. In particular, he discusses how community life in San Domingo shaped his development and the differences between his experiences and the experiences of current youth. This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For...
Topics: San Domingo, Maryland, segregation, Wicomico County Education
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This diary was written in 1984 by a vacationing woman who visited Bethany Beach and Rehobeth Beach, Delaware; before journeying on to McAllen, Texas and Acapulco, Mexico. Finding Aid portal link:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/special-collections/SC2016.120
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The Piney Point Community League was created for the "Benefit of Colored People" in St. Mary's County, Maryland. The League formed an industrial school for African Americans, created structured home school programs, and disbursement of sick and death insurance benefits. The transcribed ledger documents the efforts of the League through membership rolls, meeting minutes, financial accounts, league laws, and benefits. Finding Aid portal ink: ...
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, St. Mary's County, Meeting Minutes, Clubs,...
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The Eastern Shore Whig and People's Advocate was a newspaper published in Easton, Maryland from 1831 to 1840. The People's Advocate was a local mouthpiece for the Whig Party, a 19th century conservative political party opposed to policies of Andrew Jackson. The Whigs drew membership from and maintained links to older parties - most notably the National Republican Party, Anti-Masonic Party, the Federalist Party, and some Democrats. The People's Advocate broadcasted local, regional, national, and...
Topics: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Easton, Maryland, Whigs,...
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The Delaware Weekly Advertiser and Farmer's Journal was a newspaper printed in Wilmington, Delaware by W.A. Mendenhall, covering regional news, businesses, markets, and events. In addition to local coverage, the Advertiser would reprint material published by larger newspapers, such as the New York Gazette . The Weekly Advertiser would eventually become the Delaware Advertiser and Farmer's Journal .
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In 2004, G. Ray Thompson (professor of history at Salisbury University) transcribed over 300 inventories dating between 1665 to 1700 primarily in the Bogerternorton Hundred, though also other surrounding areas of old Somerset County, Maryland. Included are introductions to the transcription, which was made from microfilm copies held at the Nabb Center.
Topics: court records, colonial America, Maryland
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by Maryland State Normal School (Salisbury, Md.); Maryland State Teachers College (Salisbury, Md.)
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Yearbook of the Salisbury State University (now Salisbury University) student body.
Topics: Maryland State Normal School, Maryland State Teachers College, Teachers colleges
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by Anne Catherine Hoof Greene
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The Maryland Gazette was originally published from 1727 to 1734 by William Parks of Annapolis, before being published by Jonas Greene from 1738 until his death in 1767 when his wife, Anne Catherine Hoof Greene, assumed published duties. The Gazette would continue to be published by the Greene family until 1909, and in 1919 was bought by The Capital, which was in turn bought by the Baltimore Sun . The Gazette supported Greene’s positions on colonial freedom and opposition to the Stamp Act, and...
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by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Delmarva Folklife Project
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Henry "Pipp" Pratt in North East MD on December 8, 1998. Henry Pratt is a fisherman originally from Dillingham, Alaska. He describes his work as a fisherman, including his methods, practices, and how he got into the business through his father. He speaks about "fyke netting" and pound netting and the changes in those practices through advancements and regulations. He laments the decline of the fishing business, noting that...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, watermen, water work, regulation, water ecology
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Ron Rue in Cambridge, MD. Ron is a decoy maker and hunting enthusiast. In this interview, he describes his early life and inspiration for carving, decoy making and hunting, often speaking of the Ward Brothers: well-known decoy makers in the area. He talks about the tools he uses for decoy making, where he gets his materials, and some of his memories of his first orders for decoys. He speaks often of his love for carving both hunting and...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, decoy making, woodcarving, hunting, muskrat trapping, regulation
In this excerpt of an interview with WM Jackson conducted by George H. Corddry, circa 1980, the two discuss the 1931 lynching of Matthew Williams (1993.18.05a). For more information on this collection, visit the finding aid:  http://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/local-history-archives/1993.018
Topics: lynching, oral history, Salisbury, Maryland
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by Maryland State Normal School (Salisbury, Md.); Maryland State Teachers College (Salisbury, Md.)
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Yearbook of the Salisbury State College (now Salisbury University) student body.
Topics: Maryland State Normal School, Maryland State Teachers College, Teachers colleges
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This interview was conducted by Kelly Feltault with Edith and Sam Maddox in Tyaskin, MD. In this interview, they talk about their life and the changes they've seen in the area over time. They begin by speaking about the cultural importance of sassafras root and how they make sassafras tea and other home remedies. Edith talks about her younger life in Whitehaven, remembering the work that people did including "tonging" in the winter and working in canneries in the summer. She also...
Topics: Delmarva Folklife Project, Tyaskin (md.), water work, watermen, female watermen, World War II
This record was abstracted by Donna Messick and documents the manumissions and sales of enslaved people in Somerset and Worcester County, Maryland from 1859 to 1866.
Topics: slavery, Maryland, Worcester, Somerset
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by Jonas Greene
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The Maryland Gazette was originally published from 1727 to 1734 by William Parks of Annapolis, before being published by Jonas Greene from 1738 until his death in 1767 when his wife, Anne Catherine Hoof Greene, assumed published duties. The Gazette would continue to be published by the Greene family until 1909, and in 1919 was bought by The Capital, which was in turn bought by the Baltimore Sun . The Gazette supported Greene’s positions on colonial freedom and opposition to the Stamp Act, and...
Topics: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Annapolis, Maryland, Jonas Greene,...
The Herald and Eastern Shore Intelligencer was a newspaper from Easton, Maryland originally published every Tuesday by James Cowan during the late 17th and early 19th century. The Herald and Eastern Shore Intelligencer covered national, regional, and local news, including land for sale, notices of runaway slaves, and financial services.
Topics: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Easton, Maryland, James Cowan,...
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by Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
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Anthony "Tony" Sarbanes was an educator and administrator in Wicomico County from 1961 until he retired in 1989. He was a teacher for four years before becoming an administrator in 1965 right before integration in 1966, and he speaks of the various challenges associated with that tumultuous time. He also speaks of his actions that helped establish Parkside High School in Salisbury.  Transcript available as PDF. 
Topics: Segregation, Race Relations, Integration, Wicomico County Sports Education, Wicomico County...
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In this interview, Anne Dashield describes her experience growing up as an African American in the Salisbury area in the 1930's and 40's. She speaks of her education, the civil rights movement and strife in the 60's, as well as some of her experiences with discrimination.  This interview is part of the Teaching American History Program.  For more information, see the Edward H. Nabb Center Finding Aid:  https://libapps.salisbury.edu/nabb-archives/finding-aid.php?id=1550
Topics: Segregation, African American History, Discrimination, Civil Rights, Salisbury MD
The Herald and Eastern Shore Intelligencer was a newspaper from Easton, Maryland originally published every Tuesday by James Cowan during the late 17th and early 19th century. The Herald and Eastern Shore Intelligencer covered national, regional, and local news, including land for sale, notices of runaway slaves, and financial services.
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by Albert E. Walker (editor)
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In 1908, the Wicomico News (edited by Albert E. Walker and published by Brewington Brothers Company) printed a special historical and industrial edition that highlighted people, histories, and companies the City of Salisbury. Its purpose was to "portray the present status and future possibilities of Salisbury, Maryland." In its 45 pages, the newspaper provides extensive stories about the city through biographies and corporate profiles, offering a snapshot of how Salisbury saw itself...
Topics: Wicomico News, Salisbury, Maryland
This debt book, transcribed by Aaron Horner, documents the rents paid in Somerset County, Maryland by landowners. Each landowner's name as well as the tracts they owned are listed alphabetically and contain acreage.
Topics: Salisbury University, Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Somerset County, Maryland, Financial Records
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by Maryland State Normal School (Salisbury, Md.); Maryland State Teachers College (Salisbury, Md.)
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Yearbook of the Salisbury State College (now Salisbury University) student body.
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